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Portrait of the Silversmith Johann Friedrich Baer: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2012-03-16

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Johann Friedrich Baer proudly presents his Masterpiece Cup and Cover (on view in the adjacent freestanding case), which he made in 1746 to become a master in the guild of silversmiths of the city of Strasbourg, France. The artist's contemporaries immediately recognized the cup and cover as a masterpiece. Note the laid-back manner in which the painter - who was a friend of Baer - represents the cup without much attention to detail. This contrasts with Baer's masterful rendering of even the most minute details on the cup. Artists were commonly portrayed together with tools of their craft and the most prized work they created (or a model thereof). That being said, it is very rare to have the artist's portrait and his masterpiece together in one collection.
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